Word comes from the hinterlands to the south of us here in Silicon Valley that there’s been a bit of a glitch in one of the nation’s boldest experiments to bring Apple and its iPads into the lives of students at America’s second-largest school district.
Make that 71 glitches.
Seems that some of the high-school students in the program may have accidentally on purpose conveniently misplaced their tablets. Considering that there are 14,000 iPads in use, 71 lost is not the end of the world.
Still, officials are concerned and are busily tracking down the perpetrators, according to a post in the LA Times:
Los Angeles school district officials are trying to track down 71 missing iPads — including 69 from one campus — but said Thursday that new security measures are designed to frustrate future thefts.
Officials also acknowledged that student hacking of an iPad security system last week was more widespread than originally reported by the district.
The lost devices are among iPads used last year in a 13-school trial run of the Apple tablets. Since then, the L.A. Unified School District has launched a $1-billion program to equip every student in the nation’s second-largest school system with the devices.
So, let’s see. Missing tables? Not good. Hacking a security system? Not much better.
Still, as officials are in hot pursuit of the perpetrators, whoever they may be, the school district and the police on the case are keeping a stiff upper lip, defending the program:
The loss of last year’s tablets is not an omen of things to come, but rather an experience that has resulted in stronger safeguards, said Lt. Jose Santome of the school district’s Police Department.
“We have a very vigorous control for this rollout,” Santome said. “We know what’s going out and deployed on every campus.”